KUNMING — Investigators offered Friday a reward of 20,000 yuan (2,500 U.S. dollars) for information leading to the cause of a forest fire on a famed snow-capped mountain in southwest China.
The investigators suspected the fire on Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain, Yunnan Province was caused by human.
The fire was under control Friday 15 kilometers from the UNESCO’s World Heritage site and the famed tourist town of Lijiang.
The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon and no injuries have been reported, sources from the Lijiang city government said.
The blaze in the eastern part of the mountain was brought under control on Wednesday night, but it flared up again as it was fanned by windy weather the next day.
Nearly 1,000 soldiers and local residents are fighting the fire and a fire break has been cut through the forest to prevent it from spreading.
The sightseeing area of the mountain was closed Friday but is expected to open on Saturday.
Investigation into the cause of the fire is under way, while meteorological statistics indicated that prolonged dry weather was likely a contributing factor.
Yulong Snow Mountain, covering some 300 square kilometers, consists of 13 perennially snow-capped peaks and boasts abundant forest resources. The three main sightseeing spots on the mountain attract about 1 million tourists from home and abroad every year.